Whether you are heading away for your first or 101st trip, a checklist will always help you to figure out what to take camping.
We’ve all been there. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere without your tent pegs, or a torch!
To make your life easier, and so hopefully you won’t suffer a similar fate, we’ve put together a downloadable list of all the essential camping & general gear you will need for a weekend, week or longer away from civilisation.
To us, camping is a very important part of who we are. It allows us to reset and connect with our natural environment. To this end, our style of camping could be considered pretty basic. That’s our style. Others may like a few extra creature comforts.
That’s the great thing about this camping checklist, you can add to it, and personalise it to include your own essential camping gear for when you next pack up your 4×4 and head away.
We have used this list for years, and depending on the trip, modify it to suit. For instance, our trip along the Canning Stock Route required slightly different gear to a couple of days away on Bribie Island.
However you camp, this “What to take Camping” checklist will make your life just that little bit easier.
Before you head away, no matter how long for, make sure you have a first aid kit, adequate food and water, sunscreen and insect repellant in your kit. Check the weather too, to ensure you have packed suitable clothing.
Lastly, just get out there and have fun, and if things do go wrong, remember to pack your sense of humour!
CAMPING / SLEEPING / GENERAL GEAR
|Pegs (normal and sand)|
KITCHEN / COOKING GEAR
|Resealable sandwich bags|
|Chux or similar|
|Hotplate/grill for campfire|
TOILETRIES / MEDICAL / FIRST AID GEAR
|Cold and Flu tablets|
|First aid kit|
|First aid manual|
|CPR course (up to date)|
|CPR (mouth to mouth) mask|
ELECTRICAL / COMMS / NAV GEAR
|Phone/tablet charging cables|
|12V to 240V inverter|
|Camera and charger|
|Dual battery system|
|Sat phone and charger|
|Hema (or similar) GPS, cradle and charger|
|UHF radio (vehicle-mounted and handheld)|
|Charger for handheld UHF (or spare batteries)|
|EPIRB, SPOT or similar PLB|
|Cricket bat and ball|
|Fishing rod and tackle box|
|Bikes and helmets|
|Deck (or two) of cards|
|Kayak and paddle|
|Inflatable flamingo (or donut or watermelon!)|
|Australian bird book|
|Native plants of Australia book|
|Sketch pad and pencils|
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Matt. I camp, four-wheel drive, explore the outdoors and get paid to take photos.
I’m happiest when I’m doing all four at once.
Occasionally, I’ll even tap out a couple of words on my keyboard.
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